Complete List Of Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coaches In Order

List Of Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coaches In Order

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Complete List Of Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coaches In Order list looks at a team that was originally known as the Bolts and became part of the NHL family in 1992. Representing Tampa, Florida, the Lightning have experienced both tumultuous and triumphant times on the ice. They have had huge success in recent years. Here’s a detailed examination of the individuals who have taken up the mantle as the head coaches of the Tampa Bay Lightning including Jon Cooper who has coached the team for the past ten years straight.

1 – Terry Crisp (1992-1997)

Born in 1943 in Parry Sound, Ontario. Crisp played for the Boston Bruins (1965-1966), St. Louis Blues (1967–1972), and Philadelphia Flyers (1972–1977). He also coached the Calgary Flames (1987–1990), leading them to a Stanley Cup win in 1989.

2 – Jacques Demers (1997-1999)

Born in 1944 in Montreal, Quebec. Demers didn’t play in the NHL. He also coached the Quebec Nordiques (1980–1983), St. Louis Blues (1983–1986), Detroit Red Wings (1986–1990), and Montreal Canadiens (1992–1995), winning two consecutive Stanley Cups with Detroit in 1997 and 1998.

3 – Steve Ludzik (1999-2001)

Born in 1961 in Toronto, Ontario. Ludzik played for the Chicago Black Hawks (1980–1982). He did not coach any other NHL teams besides Tampa Bay.

4 – John Tortorella (2001-2008)

Born in 1958 in Boston, Massachusetts. Tortorella did not have an NHL playing career. He also coached the New York Rangers (2009–2013), Vancouver Canucks (2013–2014), and Columbus Blue Jackets (2015–2021). Under his leadership, the Lightning won their first Stanley Cup in 2004.

5 – Barry Melrose (2008)

Born in 1956 in Kelvington, Saskatchewan. Melrose played for the Winnipeg Jets (1979–1980), Toronto Maple Leafs (1980–1981), and Detroit Red Wings (1982–1986). He previously coached the Los Angeles Kings (1992–1995).

6 – Rick Tocchet (2008-2010)

Born in 1964 in Scarborough, Ontario. Tocchet played for the Philadelphia Flyers (1984–1992, 2000–2002), Pittsburgh Penguins (1992–1994, 1995–1997), Los Angeles Kings (1994–1995), Boston Bruins (1996–1997), Washington Capitals (1997–1999), and Phoenix Coyotes (1999–2000). He later coached the Arizona Coyotes (2017–2021).

7 – Guy Boucher (2010-2013)

Born in 1971 in Notre-Dame-du-Lac, Quebec. Boucher did not play in the NHL. He also coached the Ottawa Senators (2016–2019).

8 – Jon Cooper (2013-present)

Born in 1967 in Prince George, British Columbia. Cooper did not have an NHL playing career. His tenure with the Lightning has seen considerable success, including a Stanley Cup victory in 2020.

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